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Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - What Increases Your Risk

Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting a certain condition or disease. Risk factors for pelvic pain that becomes chronic include:

  • History of pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • History of physical or sexual abuse. About half of women with chronic female pelvic pain report abuse in their past.1
  • History of radiation treatment or surgery of the abdomen or pelvis. This includes some surgeries for urinary incontinence.
  • History of depression. Pain and depression seem to be related.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Something abnormal in the structure of the female organs.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth that put stress on the back and pelvis, such as delivery of a large baby, a difficult delivery, or a forceps or vacuum delivery.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: April 03, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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